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OA Publishing Agreements

A list of OA publishing agreements open to DCU authors

Open Access Publishing Agreements

The publishers listed to the left of this guide have Open Access Publishing Agreements in place with DCU (via the IReL consortium), allowing DCU corresponding authors to publish their articles open access in many of their journal titles at no additional cost to the author.

What specific journal titles are included in these agreements? 

In total, these agreements cover almost 10,000 individual journals titles, a complete list of titles (by publisher) is available here.

How can DCU authors avail of these agreements?

In order to be eligible, the corresponding author must be a current DCU staff member or registered DCU student at the time an article is accepted for publication (not the date it was submitted).

To avail of these Open Access publishing agreements it is essential that DCU corresponding authors:

  • identify their home institution as ‘Dublin City University'
  • use their DCU email address

Where instructions are unclear, or for any further guidance or clarification please email Amanda Halpin, Electronic Resources & Serials Manager at:

What happens if funds for a particular publisher run out before the end of the year?
In the case of many publisher agreements, the number of APCs available is limited for each year of the agreement (January - end December). When DCU's allocation is used up authors will no longer be prompted to choose the gold OA option under the IReL agreement. Instead, as you complete the author journey, corresponding authors will be given the following options:

1. Publish open access via an Article Processing Charge (APC)  invoiced to the corresponding author. Only choose this option if you have funds available to pay an APC as you will be invoiced for payment.

2. Publish with no charge via the traditional subscription route, where the article will be available only to subscribing institutions. 


What is a (Open Access Publishing) Transformative Agreement?

Transformative publisher agreements shift the “business model underlying scholarly journal publishing, moving from one based on toll access (subscription) to one in which publishers are remunerated a fair price for their open access publishing services”.